English Department Announces Fall 2014 Doctoral Lecture Series

The Doctoral Lecture series features presentations by our graduate
students who are finishing their dissertations this year. In these
30-minute presentations, the Ph.D. candidate will outline the scope of
his or her dissertation project and demonstrate a focused reading of a
text or texts that exemplifies the best work in the dissertation.
After a presentation of 30 minutes, the lecturer will take about 30
minutes of questions. Students, faculty, and members of the public
are welcome to attend.

The lectures will be on the following Fridays at 3:30pm in 101 Dallas
Hall:

Sept. 12: Kristina Booker
Oct. 3: Chris Goldsmith
Oct. 24: Charles Wuest
Nov. 7: Bethany Williamson
Dec. 5: Julianne Sandberg

For more information contact Tim Cassedy at 214-768-4976

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SMU seismologists, Texas Railroad Commission OKs new rules for injection wells

Star Telegram- State agency OKs new rules for injection wells

…Southern Methodist University researchers said this year that they had detected more than 300 quakes large enough to be recorded by multiple seismic monitors the school has deployed in the Azle area.

The Geological Survey has recorded 27 in the area by the U.S. Geological Survey, but they include only quakes of magnitude 2.0 or greater, generally strong enough to be felt at the surface. READ MORE

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Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson on Wendy Davis’ TV ad

KERA….Davis’ ad is a dramatization of an event in 1993. A vacuum cleaner salesman offering in-home demonstrations rapes a young mother while her two children sleep in a nearby room.

“The salesman was a sexual predator on probation but the Kirby Vacuum Cleaner distributor had failed to perform a routine background check on him,” the narrator says over ominous music. READ MORE

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Ron Wetherington, Anthropology Professor, Dallas-based institute out to prove biblical version of creation

Dallas Morning News… Dallas researchers out to scientifically prove biblical version of creation

Most scientists believe Darwin got it right: Single-celled creatures evolved into complex ones, a process of natural selection and genetic adaptation that over eons turned a primordial swamp into shape-shifting cells, into ape-like primates, into people.

His theory is taught in virtually every science classroom in the world. It is used to demystify the complexity of life, translate the language of DNA, and make sense of geology, biology and paleontology. READ MORE

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Political Science Professor quoted in Time

….“Governor Perry’s public relations strategy is to present this indictment as one blow, low and foul, in an ongoing fight between a disgraced, partisan, Democratic, district attorney and a Republican governor fighting for common decency, the rule of law, and the sanctity of the Texas Constitution,” said Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University and longtime observer of Texas politics. “This framing is working pretty well, especially among Republican leaders and activists, but it is at best a short term strategy that will be of no use at all if the case goes to trial.” READ MORE

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Engaged Learning Expo scheduled for August 27

Expo Flyer - Revised

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Graduate student reception scheduled for September 25

Welcome Back Graduate Student Reception flyer[1]

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Final reading of Summer Author Series to feature Creative Writing Professor David Haynes

Creative Writing Professor David Haynes will read from A Star in the Face of the Sky at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Audelia Road branch at 10045 Audelia Road. Haynes’s book is about two families coping with the legacy of personal and political violence. Haynes is the author of seven novels for adults and five books for younger readers. He directs SMU’s creative writing program and teaches regularly in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Read more

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Maguire fellow and Dedman College senior blogs about her summer working with therapeutic horses

Erica, a Maguire fellow and Dedman College senior majoring in psychology and sociology blogs about her summer working with therapeutic horses. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2014 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU to intern at ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship in McKinney, Texas. Erica plans to focus on fundraising, grants and event planning, while also volunteering in the nonprofit’s lesson program.

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SMU and 2U partner to deliver master’s degree in data science online

DataScience@SMU is delivered in partnership with 2U, Inc., a leading provider of online education solutions for top-tier nonprofit colleges and universities.

DataScience@SMU features an interdisciplinary curriculum that draws from three SMU schools: Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Lyle School of Engineering, and Meadows School of the Arts. With classes and content designed and delivered by SMU faculty, DataScience@SMU includes coursework in computer science, statistics, strategic behavior, and data visualization.

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